Elizabeth M. Bradley and LaVone V. Hazell
Show me the manner in which a nation or a community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of its people, their respect for the law of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals.
There always have been individuals willing and able to assume the responsibilities that mortality creates. Today they are called funeral directors, but they also have been known as undertakers, morticians, or embalmers. No matter what the title, the vocation is as old as human experience, and these individuals play an important part in the life of every community.
The funeral is not only a rite of ending, but also a part of grieving and healing. Rich in history and symbolism, the funeral ceremony helps us acknowledge the reality of death. It honors the life of the deceased and encourages the expression of grief consistent with personal, religious and cultural values. The funeral provides support to the mourners, allows for the embracing of faith and beliefs about life and death, and offers continuity and hope for the living.
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Publication information: Book title: Coping with Public Tragedy. Contributors: Marcia Lattanzi-Licht - Editor, Kenneth J.Doka - Editor. Publisher: Routledge. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 109.
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